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Opinion: When Vegetables Come First

People who eat fruit and vegetables as part of their daily diet have a reduced risk of many chronic diseases. USDA's MyPlate encourages making half your plate fruits and vegetables.

Vegetables are important part of healthy eating and provide a source of many nutrients, including potassium, fiber, folate (folic acid) and vitamins A, E and C. Options like broccoli, spinach, tomatoes and garlic provide additional benefits, making them a superfood!

Potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure. Dietary fiber from vegetables helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease.

Folate (folic acid) helps the body form healthy red blood cells. Women of childbearing age who may become pregnant and those in the first trimester of pregnancy need adequate folate to reduce the risk of neural tube defects and spina bifida during fetal development.

Eating Vegetables Provides Health Benefits

I hope this little guide to fruits and vegetables in Mexico helps you as you explore local markets around the country. It’s certainly not an exhaustive list, but these are some of the most common and delicious! If I’m missing any that you absolutely love, let us know in the comments! And if you’re ever in Mexico City, I highly recommend checking out the tianguis tour with Frutas y Verduras.

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